Fear of Coronavirus leads to visiting restrictions at State Capitol

2 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Tuesday, March 10 2020 Mar 10, 2020 Tuesday, March 10, 2020 8:32:00 PM CDT March 10, 2020 in Continuous News
By: Spencer Quist, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - After a press release declaring that the capitol is taking measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, at least one event tomorrow has been cancelled.

The house floor and house lobby have been shut down to outside visitors as the areas "are difficult to disinfect on a regular basis" the release said.

"With hundreds of lawmakers and thousands of guests frequently traveling back and forth from every corner of Missouri," the release said. "The Capitol is an environment that will be highly susceptible to spreading infections like the coronavirus."

An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse day was set for this morning starting at 11. It was set for APRNs to come out and support legislation currently being passed through the capitol. An APRN is someone that has their Master's Degree and is currently working towards being a Registered Nurse, or RN. 

One of the major bills being supported is House Bill 1816, which would remove geographical practice limitations for APRNs working with their collaborating physician, which under current legislation they must be at least 75 miles from. 

"One of the major problems that nurses are having is medical care in rural areas," said Heidi Lucas, the State Director for the Missouri Nurses Association. "The passing of this bill would allow rural areas to get better care due to the fact that APRNs could work there."

There is no date yet for when the day will be rescheduled. According to Lucas, nurses that were planning on coming are being asked to contact their legislators electronically or over the phone. 

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